Oliver Lange, 79, formerly of Grassy Butte, N.D., more recently of the North Dakota Veteran’s Home in Lisbon, N.D., died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, at the home in Lisbon. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., MST, on Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at the Grassy Butte Community Center in Grassy Butte. Pastor Jay Reinke officiated. Interment was held at the Grassy Butte Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, at the North Dakota Veteran’s Home in Lisbon, with Pastor John Anderson officiating. Friends may sign the on-line register and give their condolences at www.fulkersons.com.
Oliver Charles Lange was born July 31, 1930, to Charles and Nora (Esby) Lange at Killdeer, N.D. He attended Boehm School and graduated from Killdeer High School in 1948. As a young boy, he helped on the family ranch northwest of Grassy Butte.
In February 1953, Oliver enlisted in the United States Army. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, and the UN Service Medal. He was honorably discharged in February 1955.
After his discharge, Oliver returned to Grassy Butte and ranched. He also worked at Theodore National Park for several years rounding up the buffalo, and worked as a guide for the trail rides in Medora. In 1995, he entered the North Dakota Veteran’s Home in Lisbon, where he has been a resident since.
He was a member of Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, the McKenzie County Grazing Association, and the Watford City American Legion. Oliver enjoyed playing cards with his friends. He loved his nieces and nephews.
Oliver is survived by his brother, Howard (Betty) Lange of Watford City, N.D.; and sister, Ruth (Floyd) Geinert of Valley City, N.D.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Nora Lange; and nephew Andy Geinert.